Skip to comments.Roots Of Rocketry (Chinese would-be rocketeer in 1500 AD)
Posted on 07/22/2005 12:06:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
According to Chinese folk tale, a man named Wan-Hoo made the first attempt to carry a man in a rocket propelled vehicle in around 1500. He reportedly took two large horizontal stakes and tied a seat between them. Under the primitive device were placed 47 rockets set to be lit all at the same time. When the rockets were ignited, they burned erratically and could not provide effective thrust to move the contraption. Wan-Hoo is said to have burned to death in the resulting fire.
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Hell -- the Russians did the same thing at Nedelin 460 years later....
Cue the Alan Parsons music:
What goes up, must come down
What must rise, must fall
This man should be given a Darwin Award posthumously.
Hey, aren't they all? ;')
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